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Dr. Michael Hulse
135 doctors shared insights

Stress Incontinence (Overview)

Stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine associated with physical activity, coughing, sneezing, or lifting. It is caused by pressure increasing in the abdomen, and results in the involuntary loss of urine.


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What are the most common symptoms of stress incontinence?

What are the most common symptoms of stress incontinence?

Leakage of Urine: Stress incontinence is the loss of urine from any activity that increases the pressure on your abdomen or pelvis. This can include coughing, sneezing, lifting, standing, climbing stairs, during sex, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Hulse
135 doctors shared insights

Stress Incontinence (Overview)

Stress incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine associated with physical activity, coughing, sneezing, or lifting. It is caused by pressure increasing in the abdomen, and results in the involuntary loss of urine.


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What are the tests for stress incontinence?

What are the tests for stress incontinence?

Depends.: Sometimes no specific testing is needed. Other times your doctor may recommend urodynamic testing(bladder function study). A pressure sensing catheter is inserted into your bladder to determine how your bladder responds to being filled, how well it empties and to measure certain pressures. Your doctor can use this information to help determine how to best treat your specific symptoms. ...Read more

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Living with Urinary Incontinence (Tip)

Living with Urinary Incontinence

Incontinence (ui), involuntary urination, is any involuntary leakage of urine. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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Besides kegel's are there nonsurgical treatments for stress incontinence?

Besides kegel's are there nonsurgical treatments for stress incontinence?

Strong pelvic muscle: Is helpful. Agree with dr. G. Also consider using a pessary. This is a small ring or cup-like device that you put inside your vagina. It's extra support help prevent your pee from leaking out when you cough or sneeze or step down. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Stress incontinence?

Here are some...: Stress urinary incontinence itself carries no direct complications but a far-expanding impact on personal & social life, reflecting its degree and the coping ability of the affected. At personal level, inconvenience, embarrassment, stress, depression, possible diaper rashes, its related cost of care, etc.; to social life, it may bring restricting social activities and physical exercise, isolation ...Read more

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Living with Urinary Incontinence (Checklist)

Find a good urologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
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Find out the type and cause of your UI and educate yourself
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Manage your intake of fluids: neither too much nor too little
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Watch what you drink: avoid caffeine and alcohol. Stop smoking
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Are there natural ways to treat stress incontinence?

Are there natural ways to treat stress incontinence?

Yes: Avoiding stimulants and diuretics such as caffeinated products. Timing your voids to regularly go to the bathroom every 2-3 hours. Performing kegel exercises helps to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help reduce the gap in the musculature that can lead to bladder prolapse (falling down) that can lead to leaking urine. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of stress incontinence?

Leakage of Urine: Stress incontinence is the loss of urine from any activity that increases the pressure on your abdomen or pelvis. This can include coughing, sneezing, lifting, standing, climbing stairs, during sex, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


Dr. Scott Beard
476 doctors shared insights

Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more